Luke 1:74

74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear

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Luke 1:74 in Other Translations

KJV
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,
ESV
74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,
NLT
74 We have been rescued from our enemies so we can serve God without fear,
MSG
74 a clean rescue from the enemy camp, So we can worship him without a care in the world,
CSB
74 since we have been rescued from our enemies' clutches, to serve Him without fear

Luke 1:74 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 1:74

That he would grant unto us
What is said in this and the following verse, is the substance of the promised mercy, covenant, and oath:

that we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies,
as before, in ( Luke 1:71 )

might serve him without fear.
One principal end of deliverance from spiritual enemies by Christ, is the service of God; and nothing lays a greater obligation on men to serve the Lord, and glorify him, than redemption by Christ; nor is there any thing that makes men more zealous of good works: spiritual and evangelical service, in distinction from the legal service, and worship of God, is here meant; since it is said to be "without fear", which the threatenings and curses of the law filled men with; but being delivered from it, they become free from that spirit of bondage unto fear, it genders to; as being delivered also from sin and Satan, they are without fear of hell and damnation; and from the world, they are without fear of men; and from death, they are without fear of that, through which many under the legal dispensation, were all their lifetime subject to bondage. It is a saying of the Jews F25, that:

``greater is he that serves from love, than he that serves from fear.''

But such sort of service is not of a man's self, or performed by his own power and strength, but is a "grant" from God, and owing to the influence of his Spirit and grace.


FOOTNOTES:

F25 T. Bab. Sota, fol. 31. 1. Vid. Maimon. Hilch. Teshuva, c. 10, sect. 1, 2.

Luke 1:74 In-Context

72 to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant,
73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear
75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him,

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